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Suricate or Meerkas (Suricata suricatta) looking out for predators, Kalahari, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Two meerkats appearing to have a dispute, Little Karoo, South Africa, May, 2015. (Photo by Brigitta Moser/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016)

Two meerkats appearing to have a dispute, Little Karoo, South Africa, May, (Photo by Brigitta Moser/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the…

The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family.

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